The facelifted SEAT Leon Cupra will get 296bhp, and the ST estate model will get four-wheel drive.
SEAT has confirmed that a new version of the Leon Cupra is on the way, with the 290 becoming the 300. It is expected to arrive in May 2017 and get a power hike up to 296bhp, up from the current car’s 286bhp.
The brand has also confirmed that the ST estate version will be available with four-wheel drive for the first time, matching the VW Golf R Estate’s powertrain exactly. That car manages a 0-62mph time of just 5.1 seconds, so we can expect similar numbers for the new hot Leon estate
There’s likely to be a number of other updates for the new Leon Cupra range, carried over from the recently-facelifted Leon range. That means a new front bumper and grille design, plus new LED lights and an updated eight-inch touchscreen display for the cabin.
There are no changes to the updated Leon’s chassis, but we’d expect a new set-up for the four-wheel drive model to take advantage of the additional grip provided by the extra driven wheels.
We expect the new Cupra range to arrive in May 2017, costing from around £29,000, with the new four-wheel drive ST likely starting at a pricier £32,000 – undercutting the Golf R Estate.